Friday, July 12, 2019

SQUAD 2019 – Advanced School on Quantum Detectors

FBK and the University of Trento are organizing a school for PhD students and young researchers on Quantum detectors. Among the speakers, there will be many experts in single-photon imaging.

SQUAD 2019, the Advanced School on Quantum Detectors, is to be held in Fondazione Bruno Kessler at its Science and Technology Hub in Povo, on the suburban hills of Trento, Italy, on September 18-20, 2019.

The preliminary program is quite impressive:
  • Single photons in quantum mechanics: more than clicks on detectors
    Prof. André Stefanov, University of Bern (Switzerland)
  • Waveguide integrated superconducting single photon detectors
    Prof. Wolfram Pernice, University of Münster (Germany)
  • Fundamentals of single-photon avalanche diodes
    Prof. Angelo Gulinatti, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Silicon photo-multipliers
    Dr. Fabio Acerbi, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy)
  • CMOS SPADs for single photon imaging [title TBC]
    Dr. Sara Pellegrini, ST Microlectronics (United Kingdom)
  • Vacuum photodetectors [title TBC]
    Dr. Serge Duarte Pinto, Photonis (The Netherlands)
  • Quantum imaging using Timepix3-based optical cameras [title TBC]
    Dr. Andrei Nomerotski, Brookhaven National Laboratory (U.S.A.)
  • Cryo-CMOS for quantum applications
    Prof. Edoardo Charbon, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Imaging technologies for quantum applications
    Dr. Colin Coates, Andor (United Kingdom)
  • Past and future uses of single-photon detectors [title TBC]
    Dr. Gianluca Boso, ID Quantique SA (Switzerland)
  • Can science benefit from advances in consumer electronics? [title TBC]
    Dr. Robert Kappel, ams (Switzerland)
  • Applications in computational and quantum imaging using SPAD/emCCD sensors
    Prof. Daniele Faccio, University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
  • Validation of échelle-based quantum-classical discriminator with novelty SPAD array sensor
    Dr. Dmitri Boiko, CSEM (Switzerland)


  1. Good program, but totally biased towards avalanche and avalanche-intensified devices. Not a peep about the latest development of CMOS, non-avalanche room-temperature single photon detectors, e.g. CMOS QIS. So, incomplete when it comes to training PhD students etc.

  2. On behalf of the organizing committee, let me please clarify this point. The school is not focused on single-photon imaging in general, but on detectors for quantum physics (mostly quantum optics). In this field, detectors require time resolving capabilities with resolution in the sub-nanosecond regime. That's why QIS technology is not listed among the topics. For additional information, please take a look at the website.

    1. Thanks for clarifying. I agree QIS is definitely not yet suited for sub-nanosecond scale time resolution. [Neither are EMCCDs but they seem to be included.] BTW, there is a lot of interest in QIS for quantum information science, particularly for photon number and high pixel count and small (i.e. convenient optics) pixel size. QIS for QIS, a funny coincidence.


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